Meryl Streep has criticised Donald Trump in a recent speech given at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.
The 67-year-old actress and singer took to the stage after accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award. She criticised Trump’s immigration policies and imitation of a disabled reporter.
The anti-Trump speech – given on 8 January 2017 – has again allowed debate over Trump’s presidency to re-surface.
Trump is set to take office on the 20 January 2017. Streep’s ‘politically-charged’ speech challenges Trump’s presidency and its aims to change American values.
The talented actress highlighted the absurdity of Trump’s immigration policies and the inhumane nature of his behaviour.
In her speech, Streep named actresses and actors who were sat in the crowd. She gave detail of their heritage and origins. All of the named were the supposed ‘aliens’ who had come from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Streep sarcastically said “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners”. She said “If we kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts”. The actress highlighted the major contribution that ‘immigrants’ and ‘non-Americans’ have had to the arts.
The actress then criticised Trump’s “instinct to humiliate” which she feels is heartbreaking. This kind of bullying “gives permission for other people to do the same thing”.
She referred to Trump’s imitation of disabled reporter, Serge Kovaleski as being a “performance that stunned”.
Donald Trump has since attacked Streep’s performance, calling her ‘overrated’ and a ‘flunky’. The soon-to-be president took to twitter to deny that he attacked the disabled reporter.
Trump wrote, “For the 100th time I never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter”. He said the reporter had changed a 16-year-old story that he had written to make him “look bad”.
Streep has gained support from fellow actors and actresses. George Clooney responded to the attack on the actress, asking Trump, “Aren’t you supposed to be running the country?”.
Streep has taken down Trump with class, without mentioning his name once.
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